Timberwolves finally fire coach Kurt Rambis
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally put Kurt Rambis out of his misery. After three months of speculation, the Timberwolves officially fired their head coach Tuesday. Rambis was 32-132 in two seasons behind the bench and his club closed the 2010-11 season with 15 consecutive losses.
AHN Sports Staff
Minneapolis, MN, United States
July 12, 2011 08:54 pm EDT
Sports, Basketball, National Basketball Association
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally put Kurt Rambis out of his misery.
After three months of speculation, the Timberwolves officially fired their head coach Tuesday.
Rambis was 32-132 in two seasons behind the bench and his club closed the 2010-11 season with 15 consecutive losses. The former Los Angeles Lakers assistant has two years and $4 million left on his deal.
"I want to thank Kurt for his contributions to our franchise and wish him the best in his future endeavors," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "His arrival signaled we were serious about building a championship-contending ballclub over the course of time. We have accumulated a solid nucleus of young talent with a bright future during the last two years. I am hopeful Kurt receives his share of the credit for helping develop that talent and his contributions are not forgotten as we become a better basketball team.
"It is always hard to make these decisions. It is especially hard when it involves somebody of Kurt's reputation. Even so, this is the right time for us to make a head coaching change now that we've identified our roster and its specific needs."
Even though it seemed apparent that Kahn was going to fire Rambis, the executive asked his coach after the season to fill out a report stating changes he would make for the 2011-12 season. Among other things, Kahn wanted Rambis to decrease the use of the triangle offense that has been so successful for the Los Angeles Lakers.
That offense restricts freedom for the point guard, something that Kahn wanted to change with flashy point guard Ricky Rubio joining the club next season. Rambis finished the report in June.
According to reports in The Oregonian, the Timberwolves have asked for permission to talk to Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who has head coaching experience with four teams in the NBA. He also has worked as a GM and team president, with Charlotte and Denver.
Other coaches believed to be in the mix to replace Rambis include Milwaukee assistant Kelvn Sampson; former Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell, who also played for the Timberwolves, and former Houston coach Rick Adelman.
Published reports indicate that new Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has hired Bickerstaff and Sampson.
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